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Perfect Attendance Could Result in a Car

Published Apr 2nd 2008, 9:43pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Gmc2007073165364_pv Now here’s a program that, had it been in place when I was in school, would have assured a pristine attendance record. High school seniors at over 200 schools in 26 Tennessee counties could win a 2008 Chevy Cobalt via the Drive for Perfection program. The program will award five students with a new sedan for having perfect attendance. How cool is that?

According to the US Dept. of Education, students who miss school due to reasons other than illness are more likely to drop out or fall behind in the classroom. The Drive for Perfection program gives added incentive for seniors to finish school.

Winners will be determined at the end of the school year. This program is presented by Chevrolet and the Middle Tennessee Chevrolet Dealers in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and is in its second year.

This really sounds like a great incentive program for schools. I’m surprised that we haven’t heard of more states doing it (they may be and we just haven’t heard it yet). For one, it encourages better attendance. And greater attendance equals more money in the school’s pocket, since most of them are paid by the number of students present in class each day. And that sounds like a double win for the schools. It shouldn’t be that hard for other states to get their local Chevrolet dealers to participate, since it would be excellent good-will publicity for the dealerships. For more info about the program, or to see if your school is participating, contact your local dealership or visit GM’s site.

Photo © GM.

Becky_headshot By Becky Scott
Contributing Editor

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